Tow-truck operator is killed in hit-and-run

Officials said a tow-truck operator was killed in a hit-and-run Wednesday in Temple Hills.

It happened just after 10:30 p.m. near the southbound side of Branch Avenue and Coventry Way, the Maryland State Police said.

An initial investigation found that the victim was a 63-year-old man who was helping a motorist in a disabled vehicle. As he was walking to the back of his truck in the process of picking up the disabled vehicle, he was struck by another vehicle, which left the scene, police said.

Officials said the broken-down vehicle and tow truck were both on the shoulder of the road at the time of the crash.


— Dana Hedgpeth

New date set in Capital Gazette insanity trial

The insanity trial for admitted Capital Gazette shooter Jarrod Ramos has been rescheduled to start March 4.


A jury will determine whether Ramos should be held legally culpable and be confined to a mental facility instead of prison for the shooting in which five people were killed.

A new trial date was set after lawyers for Ramos requested a postponement on the day jury selection was set to start last week, saying they did not have time to review and analyze mental-health appraisals by prosecution experts.

Ramos, 39, admitted that he carried out the June 28, 2018, rampage at the Annapolis newspaper. Ramos has pleaded not criminally responsible. He asserts in court filings through his lawyers that a mental disorder prevented him from conforming his behavior to the law.


— Lynh Bui

Man is found fatally shot inside car

Prince George’s County police are investigating the killing of a man who was found shot inside a car Thursday in the parking lot of a District Heights townhouse community, officials said.

Officers found the victim in the 6200 block of Hilmar Circle about 5 p.m., said Cpl. Lamar Robinson, a police spokesman. The victim, who was not immediately identified, was pronounced dead at a hospital.

— Clarence Williams